Just a couple of months ago there were bright red pohutukawa flowers throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. It is hard to remember them as we enter these new and uncharted waters of a pandemic, which is changing the way we live and interact. As we traverse this time, remember – the pohutukawas will flower again, as they always do, later in the year.
In the meantime we will put some aids to reflection and prayer here to help us as we adjust to a changed balance between personal and community prayer.
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
— Lynn Ungar 3/11/20 (from Gratefulness.org – Living Gratefully in the Time of Coronavirus
Pope Francis’ daily Mass at Santa Marta at 7am Rome time
(7pm NZ time) can be watched on the Vatican’s Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHI8bI0LWg or on Rome
Univeralis https://universalis.com/index.htm provides the Liturgy
of the Hours and Mass readings for each day.
https://www.sacredspace.ie/ provides simple guided
prayer for each day.
Taize community livestreams its Evening Prayer each day at 8.30pm Central
European Time (8.30am NZ time).